Marvel Masterworks Amazing Spider-Man 7 Hardcover – Apr 27 2005
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Annual #5 is the "The Parents of Peter Parker" back in the days when the 25 cent annual contained original and quality material. Those were the days.
Spectacular Spider-Man magazine was a glossy magazine that sold for 35 cents in the 12 cent comic era. It didn't last or sell well and was cancelled after two issues, but the stories are stellar. Issue 1 contains what I believe is the definitive representation of the origin of Spider-Man -- in beautiful black and white. I can still recall finding this on a regular magazine rack within a store on Irving Street in San Francisco.
I walked to that store repeatedly looking for the next issue and issue #2 contained the definitive Green Goblin story - which later was adapted into elements of the first Spider-Man movie. Although I looked for months and months, the third issue never came.
The other issues contain Medusa, the old and new Vulture, and a really good Mysterio story. There is also a story where Spider-Man is arrested and taken to jail where Captain Stacy protects Spider-Man's right to a secret identity.
This volume has all good stuff. Although this is the peak John Romita era, the best complete works are drawn by Larry Lieber, i.e., Annual #5 and the origin tale from Spectacular Spider-Man #1. Jim Mooney and Don Heck are likewise major contributers to the very best Spider-Man era. Romita is such a good artist. He and Curt Swan (Superman's artist) truly were the best of the best.
Today's comic books can't come close to equalling the creativity and quality of this era. What a great collection. This is a must-buy. Spider-Man has not been done better before or since.